Be Compassionate, Be Creative, Be Enthusiastic, Be Inspired,  BE VALLEY  

 

Be Compassionate, Be Creative, Be Enthusiastic, Be Inspired,  BE VALLEY  

PTA October Newsletter

PTA October Newsletter
News, Events, Fundraiser Information 

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Oct. 20-28  -  Scholastic Book Fair at Valley

Oct. 16-31 - Shop Scholastic Book Fair Online 
http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/mustangvalleyelemsch

Oct. 21-24
- Influenza Vaccinations

Oct. 23 - 24 Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Oct. 23 -  Valley Family Skate Night - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 - PTA Fundraiser mobil game trailer

Oct. 27 - 31 - Red Ribbon Week 

Oct. 27 - Book Fair Family Night - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 28 - Fall Picture day

Oct. 31 - Character Education Assembly

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Watch D.O.G.S.

 Mustang Valley WATCH D.O.G.S.

WHAT:  WATCH D.O.G.S.®  is the father involvement  initiative of the National Center For Fathering. Inspired by one father’s desire to increase male involvement in his children’s school and with the help of the schools teachers and administration, WATCH D.O.G.S was created in 1998 at George Elementary in Springdale, AR.

WHY:    Studies by the U.S. Department of Education have demonstrated that a positive adult male role model will have a uniquely positive impact on the development and educational success of a child. Dramatically increasing the child’s likelihood of graduating and getting mostly A’s along the way, while at the same time dramatically decreasing the likelihood of that child living in poverty, getting involved with drugs and alcohol, and avoiding potentially devastating choices that result in a criminal record or a teen pregnancy.  The U.S. Department of Education has identified the WATCH D.O.G.S. ®   program as an effective way to increase male involvement in our nation’s schools.

                Each school year thousands of men volunteer to work at least one day in their child’s school through the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program.  These men work a long side the educators to help as crossing guards, car/bus rider facilitators, hallway monitors, library assistants, lunchroom helpers, classroom and homework tutors and playground/gymnasium coaches.  The possibilities are endless.  Every school year these men have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

•              Students gain a positive male role model.  Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years.  More positive male role models are needed in the school setting.

•              Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears.  The presence of Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students) can increase a sense of security at the building for students and staff, and it helps create an environment conducive to learning.

•              Fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life, just by being a ‘dad’.

•              When Watch DOGS invest a day at school, they can learn how better to partner with the school to meet educational goals of students.

WE ARE PROUD TO SAY THAT MUSTANG VALLEY IS A WATCH D.O.G. SCHOOL!


The mission of Great Expectations is to motivate, inspire, and challenge individuals to achieve excellence in learning and living.


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Mustang Valley is proud to be named an Oklahoma Tiered Intervention System of Support (OTISS) grant recipient. OTISS is Oklahoma's model for identifying and addressing academic and behavioral difficulties that interfere with student success. The Valley OTISS team consists of Jill Mitchell (principal), Jennifer Young (assistant principal), Judy Bruce (reading specialist), Lesha Taylor(counselor), Birdie Farnsworth (counselor), Donna Solomon (primary teacher rep), Bekah Hull (upper teacher rep), and Julie Muse (special education teacher rep). Please contact one of the above team members for additional information.

Learn more at http://www.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-tiered-intervention-system-support-otiss

Influenza Vaccinations

The Oklahoma Caring Van will be traveling throughout the district from Tuesday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Oct. 24.  There will not be set dates for each school.  If you would like for your child to receive the flu vaccination please have the consent forms filled out, and returned to your school by October 15th.  You can pick up consent forms in your school office, or they are available to print on our district website. On the Health Information page, look for links under the Important Forms box. Or use the links below:

2014 Flu Questionnaire

2014 Influenza (Flu) Consent Form

Yearbook Order Online

Order your 2014-15 Mustang Valley yearbook online
Enter Mustang Valley for the school name,
click enter, click buy yearbook, select your options
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  • Word of the Week
    UNITY - the condition of being in agreement for one purpose 
  • Quote of the Week
    "If we don't all row, the boat won't go."  - Unknown
  • Behavior of the Week
    Include others.



Great Expectations Model School

 

MUSTANG VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACHIEVES GREAT EXPECTATIONS MODEL SCHOOL STATUS

Mustang Valley Elementary School recently achieved the prestigious honor of being named a Great Expectations Model School. The school’s principal, faculty, and staff worked diligently to accomplish this impressive goal.

 

 

Mustang Valley Elementary is a showcase for the rewarding benefits that Great Expectations provides students, faculty, staff, parents and the community, and it will be visited by other schools/districts. Great Expectations schools have a culture of respect and high academic achievement. "The school is truly a shining star in the community, state, and nation. The staff and faculty are to be highly commended for their efforts. We are overjoyed to add them to our list of ‘Showcase Schools’," said Dr. Linda Dzialo, President and CEO of Great Expectations.

The Great Expectations Program, founded in 1991, is a scientifically-based research

educational reform model that is bringing major change and innovation to PK-12 public and

private school classrooms in Oklahoma and beyond. The program represents an approach to learning that empowers teachers to expect and to get the best from students; it rekindles the excitement of discovery among both students and teachers, and it pushes everyone involved to greater heights of achievement.

The basic principles of the program are: high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success. Over 40,000 educators have been trained in the GE Methodology. There are currently 105 GE Model schools in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

More information about the program can be found at www.greatexpectations.org or by calling 918-444-3744.

A note on communicable diseases

Mustang Public Schools is aware of the suspected cases of Meningitis in Union City Public Schools. At Mustang Public Schools, we have no reported or confirmed cases of Meningitis. Our nursing staff is in contact with the Canadian County Health Department and is monitoring the situation. 

 

Lorie Torres, nursing department head for MPS, said to prevent the spread of any communicable disease like Meningitis, the flu or enterovirus 68, hand washing and disinfecting is vital. Parents can take this opportunity to remind their students to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly with soap. When soap and water are not available, students can use hand sanitizer. 

 

"Meningitis does not live long outside the body," Torres said. "Now is a good time for parents to talk to their children about healthy habits to help prevent communicable diseases such as not sharing water bottles, cups and utensils. Also, if your child is sick, please keep them at home until they have been fever free, with no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medication." 

 

As a daily practice, MPS custodial staff use Virex, a disinfectant, every day on surfaces students touch such as light switches, door handles and water fountains. Teachers have bottles available to spray on student desks. Bottles are also available for bus drivers to use on hand rails and other surfaces. Nursing staff is monitoring the number of daily absences and watching for trends that could indicate the spread of an illness. 

 

"As a district, we are taking this an opportunity to continue to reach out to students and staff and teach them the importance of preventing the spread of illness with good hygiene practices," Torres said.  

 

Should a confirmed case be reported, the district will notify parents with an automated call. There would also be information posted on our websites. If you would like more information on communicable diseases like Meningitis, the flu and others, stop by the Oklahoma Department of Health website at http://www.ok.gov/health/Disease,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Acute_Disease_Service/Disease_Information/index.html

 

Several times a year, the Oklahoma Caring Van comes to the district and provides immunizations to protect children and adolescents from dangerous illnesses at no cost to the family. The Caring Van is scheduled to come to Mustang Schools again Oct. 21-24. A Meningitis vaccine, among many others, will be available. The vaccines are free. More information will be posted the week before they are scheduled to arrive. 

 


Mustang Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, age, disability, or veteran status. Inquiries concerning application of this policy may be referred to the Mustang Public Schools Compliance Coordinator, 906 S. Heights, Mustang, OK 73064 or (405) 376-2461.